UK is undoubtedly one of the richest and most influential countries in the world. Britain is famous for having a rich history and the glorious empire which once ruled over one-fourth of the world. From machines to inventing sports, Britain has been a true innovator and torch bearer of modernism around the world. Today, MerrySpell team will enlighten you some interesting facts about UK.
Interesting facts about UK
1. British Drink a lot of tea
The British citizens drink over 163 million cups of tea every day. This amount is 20 times more than the Americans. Tea is almost like the national beverage in the country. In their colonial past, the British used to take advantage of tea plantations in countries like India and South Africa.
2. Britain has been involved in many wars
Even before the days of the empire, Britain has been engaged in many wars throughout its history. Some of the lasted decades while some only lasted for 38 minutes (Algo-Zanzibar War).
3. Different accents
The English accent in the UK changes every 25 miles. This is mainly due to the class hierarchy in the past and immigration.
4. Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen of England is the most prominent figure of UK. She has visited over 115 countries despite not having a passport. She has also the longest running reign of any monarchy around the world.
5. Home for Scientists
England is the home to many famous scientists like Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday and Stephen Hawkins. These scientists have truly shaped the science behind the modern world.
6. London was not the capital of England.
Okay, this might sound little odd. But the truth is that Winchester was chosen as the capital in 1519. During this age, Monarchy was a dominant system in the UK and democracy had no place in the system.
7. The Language
Today, English is the most widely spoken language in the world. Today more than 1.8 billion people speak English.
8. World Wide Web was invented by British Scientist
Tim Berners-Lee, British scientist invented the “WWW” better known as World Wide Web. The Internet has been the true blessing for the modern age of communication.
9. Big Ben was not meant to be the name
Big Ben has become the true icon which Britain an identity. However, it was not meant to be named as the Big Ben. The tower was simply meant to be called as ‘The Clock Tower’. In fact, Big Ben is the name of the bell installed in the tower.
10. London underground
The London underground system was the first underground railway system that was installed in 1863. It is also one of the most complex railway systems in the world. During the Second World War, people took shelter under the tunnels to protect themselves from the German bombing.
11. French was the official language of UK for 300 years
The ruling class of England were Norman lords who mainly spoke French. Every office used French as its official language. However, this changed after the Hundred Years of War against the French.
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